The UEFA Champions League will see major changes from the 2024-25 season onwards, UEFA has revealed.
From that season, 36 teams will participate in the tournament – seeing an increase from the current 32 that start the competition.
Two of the extra places will be awarded to the associations with the best collective performance by clubs in the previous season. A single club’s ‘historic performance’ will not be a factor, contrary to initial reports.
The other two places will be received by a third-placed club from a fifth-ranked country – which is currently France – and a domestic champion that would qualify through the so-called ‘Champions Path’.
Each team will play 8 games, with 4 games taking place at home and 4 away from home. The initial plan was to play 10 games in the group stage.
A ‘league table’ format will be followed for the initial league phase for all the 36 teams.
The top 8 teams from the ‘league table’ will automatically qualify for the knockout stages, while teams finishing from the 9th-24th place will compete in a two-leg playoff.
Out of that, 8 teams will qualify for the Round of 16 – after which the two-legged games will continue as usual.